Janette is a highly experienced lawyer and former CEO. Janette was the CEO of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from November 2012 until July 2014. Prior to that, she was the Director-General of Emergency Management Australia, coordinating Australia’s response to severe floods, bushfires and national security incidents.
Janette was introduced to mindfulness and began meditating in 2006. “My mind was like a pin ball machine. It was hard to stay focused and one day, my mind literally froze in the middle of something important”.
At first meditating seemed like just another thing to tick off. “Like everyone I thought I don’t have time.. I also was convinced I had more thoughts than anyone who had ever tried to meditate”. But Janette kept it up because she started to see the benefits. "Time didn’t seem to pass in a blur. I began to stay more on task. My work was faster and better and I was less bothered by the critical voice we all have in our head”.
Janette says that it was her mindfulness practice that enabled her to not just survive, but be successful in very demanding jobs. “With mindfulness comes mastery of the self. You can cope with whatever life throws at you because you become better at taking that magic quarter-second to assess a situation and respond wisely”.
Janette says that becoming mindful improved her relationships with family and friends and enabled her to connect better with staff, colleagues and clients. “I started to feel less impatient and critical of the people around me. Relationships blossomed and I didn’t have to work so hard at collaboration”.
Janette has been teaching mindfulness and meditation since 2015. She specialises helping people in stressful jobs improve their performance and be happier without losing their edge.
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